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Product Details

  • Series: Music Pro Guides
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/DVD edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423443438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423443438
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Jonatan on June 26, 2009
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This is a good book if you don't know much about studio work and you want to get a good drum sound.
It is however geared towards only one setup, the way that the author likes to mic drums, mostly for TV theme music or background music (all examples are from music to "family guy" and other TV shows). There is not much explanations on why things are done a certain way, it's mostly: "Do this, and it will sound good". There is very little about different distant mic techniques, such as Decca Tree or other famous classics. There is not much about variations, and how you can experiment to get different drum sounds for different music.
The text is very big and you get the feeling that the whole book is written for a child, not a professional person who wants to know all the ins and outs about a subject.

If you want to know how to get John Bonhams drum sound, or some other characteristic drum sound, then look elsewhere.

If you want a quick reference to how to get a decent drum sound that works in most situations, than this is a pretty good place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Ground on March 31, 2010
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Recording drums is often the most challenging aspect of music recording for beginners, and Owsinski's book offers a great overview, including tuning the kit and a number of different mic setups and techniques. I disagree with the other review that says only one method is discussed. For example, the Glyn Johns method (how John Bonham's drums were recorded during Led Zeppelin sessions) is mentioned, though only briefly. That method only requires a few mics, and proper placement is really the key.

Overall, I think the book does a great job of explaining the basics, offering examples from multiple working pros, and also outlining ways people in a project studio can get good drum sounds on a budget (without a dozen expensive mics and pres). I wish a book like this had been available when I was in school learning about audio and recording engineering.

That said, if you only want to buy one book, I recommend The Recording Engineer's Handbook, also by Owsinski. An updated second edition of that book was recently released, and it provides a lot of similar advice on drum recording, though not as much detail as this book does.
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I started seriously getting into recording music about 3 years ago. Previously I had recorded tons and tons of internet talk radio shows but not too much with recording musical instruments. I dabbled with recording acoustic and electric guitar once or twice but nothing I was too happy with/cared much about/knew what I was doing.

Let me tell you, getting a good drum sound on "tape" is a beast. This book/DVD makes the process much simpler.

They tell you the right mic choices. Notice the plural...the authors don't just recommend one mic they offer several options for different budgets/tonality. Luckily I already own most of the mics they recommended!

This book has the project studio in-mind. Their audience is for people trying to get a good sound in their basement or whatever. There's an entire chapter on getting the room optimized without breaking the bank.

Placement with nice photos of angles and descriptions helped tremendously. The mixing aspect of the book is a little lacking but the DVD covers a bit more.

The most important take away for me (without spoiling the book) is this: If your source sounds bad, no amount of pricey mics or an awesome room will help. Nice sounding drums with fresh heads and that are tuned properly are essential. Without this taken care of the rest of your recording chain will suffer.

The DVD is also great and could have sold by itself without the book. But you get a one-two punch since it's included.

I wasn't too happy with what was included in Bobby's Recording Engineer's handbook as it relates to drums. There just wasn't enough information. This one satisfies that need.
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More About the Author

Producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski is one of the best selling authors in the music industry with 24 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the Deconstructed Hits series, Social Media Promotion For Musicians, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Music 4.0: S Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age, and more.

He's also a contributor to Forbes writing on the new music business, his popular blogs have passed 5 million visits, and he's appeared on CNN and ABC News as a music branding and audio expert. Many of his books have also been turned into video courses that can be found online at lynda.com, and he continues to provide  presentations, workshops and master classes at conferences and universities worldwide.

After having taught thousands of entrepreneurs the principles of branding and social media in his coaching courses, Bobby has written his his first book outside the music industry entitled Social Media Promotion for Small Business and Entrepreneurs.

Visit Bobby's music production blog at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/, his Music 3.0 music industry blog at music3point0.blogspot.com, his Forbes blog at forbes.com/sites/bobbyowsinski/, his podcast at bobbyoinnercircle.com, and his website at bobbyowsinski.com.

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